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A Point of View

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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

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A weekly reflection on a topical issue.

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49 Ratings
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Provocative

By dettifoss - May 13 2018
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Each week a commentator - author, historian, economist, thinker - tackles a subject of their choosing and explains what thier opinion is and why. The subject is usually an aspect of modern life, and the opinions range in tone from moralistic to historical, satirical, mournful or even humorous. The podcast is superbly produced, as are all podcasts from the BBC.

Moving forward

By Sooch49 - Mar 28 2018
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Thanks, Tom Shakespeare, for swatting this fly of a phrase, which irks me almost as much as “move on,” as in “accept you’ve been f’d over and move on.”

iTunes Ratings

49 Ratings
Average Ratings
37
7
2
2
1

Provocative

By dettifoss - May 13 2018
Read more
Each week a commentator - author, historian, economist, thinker - tackles a subject of their choosing and explains what thier opinion is and why. The subject is usually an aspect of modern life, and the opinions range in tone from moralistic to historical, satirical, mournful or even humorous. The podcast is superbly produced, as are all podcasts from the BBC.

Moving forward

By Sooch49 - Mar 28 2018
Read more
Thanks, Tom Shakespeare, for swatting this fly of a phrase, which irks me almost as much as “move on,” as in “accept you’ve been f’d over and move on.”
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A Point of View

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Get Mad, Then Get Over It!

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"While I would love to find a poetic way into this", writes Sarah Dunant, "I think it best just to spit it out. I'm angry. And I have been angry for quite a while now".

Sarah says she doesn't see herself as an angry person - but wonders why aggression and outrage seem to have become so much part of our emotional diet.

She proposes some solutions - including an National Anger Day - a great moment of catharsis to help us all be a little less....angry!

Producer: Adele Armstrong

Apr 26 2019

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Rank #2: Facts Not Opinions

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AL Kennedy ponders the importance of facts... in a world dominated by opinion.

"The Chilcot report highlights how a war can conjure the demons it promised to suppress", she writes "because facts were dodged or massaged and fantasy outcomes were taken as certainties".

While facts may be grim, "avoiding them puts us all at increased risk".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Jul 15 2016

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Rank #3: Act Your Age

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Will Self explains why he finds it hard to always act his age.

"To alternate between being an errant child and a corrective adult must, I think, be intrinsic to the human condition."

Producer: Sheila Cook.

Aug 05 2016

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Rank #4: John Gray: Recalling Eric Ambler

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John Gray recalls the life and work of the thriller writer Eric Ambler and finds uncomfortable echoes of today's society in the pages of his novels.
"What they reveal is a world ruled by financial and geopolitical forces that care nothing for the human individual. Most unsettlingly, this world is unmistakably European."
Producer: Sheila Cook.

Aug 21 2015

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Rank #5: The Shape Of Our Time

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Adam Gopnik revisits a much explored subject - the differences between patriotism and nationalism.

In the light of the events of the past year, he questions why the politics of nationalism appear irresistible today.

He wonders "if we cannot now see that patriotism and nationalism have a more fluid, a more organic, a more connected relationship that we might want to imagine".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Dec 30 2016

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Rank #6: The Trump Card

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Roger Scruton assesses some of the reasons behind Donald Trump's victory.

And he asks why many who intended to vote for Donald Trump would not have confessed to their intention.

"They wanted change," writes Scruton. "A change in the whole agenda of government".

Nov 18 2016

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Rank #7: Bob Dylan and the Bobolaters

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Adam Gopnik - a lifelong fan of Bob Dylan - muses on Dylan's "utterly predictable lack of gratitude" towards his Nobel Prize.

"The terrible and intriguing truth", he writes, is that "people are tragically impressed by indifference...and pitifully contemptuous of the charming".

The Dylans of this world, Gopnik says "impress us as the true egotists we secretly are".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Dec 02 2016

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Rank #8: Teaching to the test

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Will Self says it's time for schools to stop "teaching to the test".

He argues that in the contemporary wired world, "it seems obvious that young people need more than ever to know how to think outside the boxes, rather than simply tick them".

There's no reason, he says, to shackle children "to the go-round of memorization and regugitation".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Jan 27 2017

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Rank #9: The Fourth Plinth

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Will Self explores the significance of the art work that adorns the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

He asks what such public art projects represent in this "festival of ephemerality our society seems to have become".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Jan 20 2017

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Rank #10: The Real Meaning of Trump

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John Gray assesses what lies behind the Trump phenomenon and the remarkable political upheaval that could - possibly - see Donald Trump propelled into the White House.

From the start, he says, Trump's campaign has been an audacious experiment in mass persuasion. "His uncouth language, megalomaniac self-admiration and strangely coloured hair....all deliberately cultivated" to help him profit from the popular resentment against the elites of the main parties.

"Whatever happens", writes Gray, "there will be no return to pre-Trump normalcy".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Sep 23 2016

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Rank #11: The Spectre of Populism

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John Gray look at the history of populism.
He argues that modern-day populism has largely been created by centre parties who have identified themselves with an unsustainable status quo.
He looks at how populism is likely to play out in the upcoming elections in France and Holland.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Feb 24 2017

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Rank #12: My Idea of Heaven

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John Gray muses on what his idea of heaven is....and why it shouldn't be a perfect world.

History teaches us that trying to create a perfect society leads to hell on earth, he writes.

"But dreams of a perfect world don't fail because human beings are incurably flawed. They fail because human beings are more complicated and interesting that their dreams of perfection".

Sep 09 2016

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Rank #13: Flying Saucers and an Uncertain World

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"Human beings shape their perceptions according to their beliefs", writes John Gray, not the other way round.
He says people "will persuade themselves to believe almost anything, no matter how far-fetched, if it enables them to preserve their view of the world".
He asks how we can best come to terms with the realisation that the world is frighteningly unpredictable.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Mar 03 2017

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Rank #14: The Power of Reading

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AL Kennedy extols the virtues of reading and its power to encourage respect for the value and sovereignty of other people's existence.

"It allows you to look and feel your way through the lives of others who may apparently be very other - and yet here they are - inside your head."

Producer: Sheila Cook.

Apr 14 2017

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Rank #15: Dangerous places, libraries

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Val McDermid argues that - at a time when public discourse is so polarised - it's vital to keep our public libraries open.

"A library card is a powerful weapon to change lives", Val writes. "With it, we learn how to value what we have, to mourn what we have lost and to dream of what we might become".

She says that whatever we may hear about the death of libraries, we must ensure their future because they are "one of the few remaining places where a genuine diversity of voices can still be encountered".

Producer: Adele Armstrong

May 31 2019

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Rank #16: The Meaning of Conservative

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Roger Scruton asks: "What does the Tory Party really stand for?"

He says the Conservative party at present is muddling along without a philosophy.

But he argues that, far from being the 'nasty party', the most fundamental belief underpinning Conservative policies historically is the idea of responsibility towards others.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Aug 30 2017

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Rank #17: Against Safe Spaces

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John Gray reflects on the controversial "safe spaces" policy being pursued by some universities.

It may have been devised to ensure that people of all identities are entitled to a tolerant environment ...but John Gray argues that the policy not only threatens a fundamental liberal value but represents a demand to be sheltered from human reality.

He says the point of education used to be to learn how to live well in full awareness of the disorder of life. "A lack of realism ...was considered not just an intellectual failing but also a moral flaw".

He says we ignore this lesson of history at our peril.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Sep 30 2016

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Rank #18: America Votes

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Adam Gopnik reflects on why he believes a victory for Donald Trump would be a disaster for America.

The American Presidential election "posits a simple eternal human confrontation between sensible and crazy", he writes.

He says we must not pretend that the rise of Trump is essentially a "people's revolt" or a movement of the dispossessed.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Nov 04 2016

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Rank #19: Pottering towards the new socialist state

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Roger Scruton looks at the impact of Harry Potter on our world view.

"People are starting to live in a kind of cyber-Hogwarts", he says, "a fantasy world in which goods are simply obtained by needing them, and then asking some future Prime Minister to wave the magic wand".

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Aug 25 2017

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Rank #20: The Power and Peril of Stories

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Tom Shakespeare reflects on how all the political populists who now occupy our imaginations are master story tellers.

People need stories and these stories appeal to us, he says. But he argues that as well as persuasive stories, more than ever we need facts.

"The plural of anecdote is not data, as a professor used to tell me", he writes.

Producer: Adele Armstrong.

Mar 24 2017

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